Cafe Corazon tacos

The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Aug. 9

We recommend some good eats and more this week in Milwaukee.

1. Pick Up Press. Waffles


If you haven’t tried Press. Waffles yet, you need to. These are Belgian liege waffles, which means they’re made from a risen dough, instead of a batter. You can find them in select Sendik’s stores and the best way to stay tuned is on Press’ Instagram. It may take a little hunting, but trust me they’re worth it. All you have to do is pop them in a toaster, add your favorite toppings – mine is peanut butter cream – and you’re in for the most delicious treat. 

2. Eat Takeout from Ono Kind Grindz


Editing Ann Christenson’s wonderful feature on the city’s Asian dining scene (our August issue’s cover story) was an absolute delight, and it put so many spots on my “gotta-try” list of restaurants. The first one I crossed off – or, rather, moved to the “regular rotation” list – was this Hawaiian-centered place in Tosa. My combo plate combining kahlua pig and char sui chicken was heavenly, the pork a delightful twist on barbecue and the grilled chicken’s Chinese five spice blend was a delicious flavor that I’ve never experienced before. I already can’t wait to go back.



3. Enjoy the Patio at Café Corazon


Having dinner with my extended family is always a highlight and rarely happens during the week. But the stars aligned on a recent weeknight and a bunch of us got together at Café Corazon in Riverwest (3129 N. Bremen St.), currently open for patio dining and carryout. It was a gorgeous night – warm but not hot, with a gentle breeze. We camped out at an oilcloth-topped picnic table and enjoyed catching up over margaritas and wet burritos. The consummate summer night.

Soy Chorizo Taco from Cafe Corazon
Soy Chorizo Taco from Cafe Corazon; photo by Adam Ryan Morris

4. Read Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness


This biography by Joshua Wolf Shenk is an absorbing and worthwhile take on the many times told story of our greatest President. It tackles Abraham Lincoln’s much-documented melancholia – from the turbulent moods and dramatic despairs of his youth, to the quieter, stoic sadness of his adult years. While delving into this aspect of Lincoln’s life, the book also deftly avoids the common pitfalls of “psychobiography.” It doesn’t make scandalous assumptions or draw spurious conclusions based on current pop psychology. It instead presents original written records, both Lincoln’s own words and those of his friends and family, to draw out this fascinating side of the remarkable man.

5. Go Camping


This weekend I had the opportunity to go camping at Rocky Arbor State Park, a small campground in Wisconsin Dells. The weather was terrible, but it was still worth the trip. We got to spend time outside, disconnect from our phones and go for a hike. I think everyone should go camping at least once a season, but hopefully in your case the thunderstorms will stay home.

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